446-610 (AAEC-131P)

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Created and edited by Robert Andrew Branan, Attorney 2012 and 2017

This publication is available in PDF format and in hard copy upon request (see below).

The "Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions, Virginia Edition" has been developed to help Virginia families who own farm, forest and horticulture lands and desire to keep their land in production and/or in their family as it passes to the next generation. The goal of this workbook is to provide families with a resource to use as they complete the work necessary to transfer their farm land and/or farm businesses. This workbook was originally created in 2012 and has been updated and revised for 2017.  

Printed, spiral-bound copies of this workbook are available for no-cost courtesy of funding from the Virginia Agricultural license plate. To get hard copies, please indicate the number desired (each workbook is 100+ pages double-sided). For service providers, such as extension agents, workbooks are available in boxes of 50 for workshops and events. Please provide at least three weeks prior notice when requesting boxes and make sure a mailing address is provided that can accept deliveries (not a P.O. box). 

Workbooks can be requested by e-mail, phone or U.S. mail from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Office of Farmland Preservation: 

VDACS, Office of Farmland Preservation 
Attn. Jennifer Perkins
102 Governor Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23219 
Phone: 804-786-1906 

Table of Contents

About the Virginia Edition
How to Use This Workbook

Section One: Developing a Vision for the Future

Section Two: Evaluating Your Farm Resources

Section Three: Farm Transfer Tools

Section Four: Meeting with Professional Advisers


Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.

Publication Date

April 12, 2017